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National Pet Month: how much will your pet cost you?

April 8, 2016Tags: new home | pets

April 2016 is officially National Pet Month. We know a lot of our customers are pet lovers, and that a pet can really make a house feel like a home.

Pets often complete our vision of the perfect property. First time buyers moving out of rented accommodation, for instance, may welcome the chance to add a cat to the family. Or if you’re selling to move to a bigger property, the addition of a garden might mean owning a dog is an option for the first time.

One of the aims of national pet month is to focus on responsible pet ownership, and it’s important to plan ahead to ensure you can commit financially to a pet. When you buy a property, or move to a new property, there are all sorts of costs to budget for: mortgage, insurance and utilities payments, alongside whatever you want to spend to make your mark on the property.

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We can help you budget for these costs, and we thought National Pet Month gave us a good opportunity to help you budget for pets as well. Here’s a guide to what different pets could cost you:

Dog200Dogs

Dogs are the most popular pets in the country. Nearly a quarter of households in the UK own a dog, and there are 9 million pet dogs across the country.

There are one-off costs to think about of course:

  • Equipment like dog leads, beds and toys: £200.
  • Spaying/neutering and microchipping (which is now required by law): £75 - £200.
  • Vet’s bills for vaccines against canine distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and leptospirosis: £100 - £120.

Then there are the regular expenses:

  • Dog food: £15 - £20 a month.
  • Insurance: £8 - £18 a month.
  • Worming treatments: £10 - £15 every 3 months.
  • Flea treatments: £5 per month.
  • Annual booster jabs: £50 - £60.

Finally we recommend budgeting for a range of possible extras like shampoos, haircuts, medical procedures and more. This could be an additional cost of £200-£500 a year.

Start-up costs: £375 - £520
Monthy costs: £50 - £125
Annual costs: £650 - £1,500
Lifetime of the dog: £8,450 - £19,500

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Cat200Cats

Cats are almost as popular as dogs, with 18% of UK households giving a home to our feline friends. There are 7.9 million pet cats across the country.

The one-off costs:

  • Equipment like litter trays, scratching post and toys: £200.
  • Spaying/neutering and microchipping: £55 - £70.
  • Vet’s bills for vaccines against cat flu, feline entiritis, and feline leukemia: £60 - £80.

The regular expenses:

  • Cat food: £15 - £20 a month.
  • Cat litter: £5 - £10
  • Insurance: £8 - £18 a month.
  • Worming treatments: £10 - £15 every 3 months.
  • Flea treatments: £5 per month.
  • Annual booster jabs: £40 - £50.

And don’t forget to budget for any unexpected costs. This could be an additional cost of £200-£500 a year.

Start-up costs: £315 - £350
Monthy costs: £50 - £75
Annual costs: £650 - £900
Lifetime of the cat: £8,450 - £10,800

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Fish200Fish

There are 20 – 25 million fish kept in tanks nationally, accounting for 9% of UK households.

The one-off costs:

  • Tank, stand, filter, heater etc: £250 - £400
  • Gravel, plants, driftwood: £50 - £100
  • Tools (eg. net, algae scraper):  £10 - £20

And the regular expenses:

  • Food: £5 - £10 a month
  • Lighting & heating costs: £15 a month
  • Extras: £10 - £30

Start-up costs: £300 - £550
Monthly costs: £30 - £50
Annual costs: £390 - £600

Rabbit200Rabbits

There are 1 million cotton-tailed thumpers kept as pets across the UK, accounting for 2.4% households.

One-off costs:

  • Equipment like the hutch, cage and water bottles: £150 - £300.
  • Spaying/neutering (if you’re keeping mixed sex rabbits): £50 - £100.
  • Microchipping: £15 - £20
  • Vaccinations: £30 - £40

Then there are the regular expenses:

  • Food and hay: £20 - £40 a month.
  • Woodshavings and litter: £15 - £30 a month.
  • Insurance: £6 - £15
  • Worming treatments: £10 - £15 every 3 months.
  • Extras: £50 - £100 a year

Start-up costs: £210 - 430
Monthy costs: £40 - £80
Annual costs: £500 - £1,000
Lifetime of the rabbit: £5,000 - £10,000

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Budgie200Birds

1.4% of UK households keep caged birds, with 1 million pet birds UK-wide.

The one-off costs for a budgie:

  • Cage, bird feeders, drinking fountains: £50 - £200
  • Toys: £10 - £50

And the ongoing costs:

  • Food: £10 - £15 a month
  • Cuttlebone / mineral block: £10 - £15 a month
  • Sand (to line the cage): £5 - £10 a month
  • Extras : £50 - £100 a year

Start-up costs: £60 - £250
Monthy costs: £30 - £50
Annual costs: £360 - £600
Lifetime of the rabbit: £3,000 - £5,000

Iguana200Lizards

A more unusual pet, there are 400,000 lizards kept across 0.7% of households in the UK.

The one-off costs for an iguana:

  • Cage, humidifier, thermostat, lights etc: £200 - £300
  • Litter tray: £10 - £20
  • Initial vet visit: £30 - £50

And the ongoing costs:

  • Food: £20 - £40 a month
  • Vet vsits: £5 - £10 a month
  • Extras : £100 - £200 a year

Start-up costs: £250 - £400
Monthy costs: £30 - £60
Annual costs: £360 - £720
Lifetime of the rabbit: £7,200 - £14,000

Source: UK per ownership numbers - pfma.org.uk
Source: Costs of ownong pets - petwebsite.co.uk